Posts Tagged ‘Orange Coast College’

Many fandom events have occurred recently in Southern California. The term “fandom” refers to a broad range of pop culture interests and hobbies, from comics to video games to anime/manga and more. The most popular ones cost the most to get in, but a lot of smaller ones often do not cost much, if not completely free, to attend, and more often than not the smaller ones still attract a huge crowd, such as as Coast Con 2017. Hosted by Anime Academia, an organization of Orange Coast College, Coast Con represents a locally-run community event around all things anime, manga, and video games. Taking place this past Saturday from 12pm to 8pm, this free and all-ages event attracted hundreds of fans of anime, manga, and video games to this quaint gathering for a fun day of mixing and mingling. Visitors would find artists, merchandise, live entertainment, cosplay contests, video game booths, a maid café, and more.

While it may not have the abundant amount of content that larger conventions and expos would have, Coast Con still had enough content to keep visitors occupied for a few hours. The Student Center acted as the hub of the event, containing a check-in table, lots of vendors, and the maid café. Directly outside in the maid quad, more artists and vendors set up along the center aisle. Going past this aisle, we find the classrooms that had the event’s programming, which included the video game stations and anime viewing rooms. Walking down from the main quad to the Moore Theatre brought us to the main stage where they held the cosplay contests. I only stuck around for the main cosplay contest that had everyone strut their stuff for the audience, and boy did a lot of people dress up for such a low-key event. This goes to show the dedication that these cosplayers have towards their interests.

While Anime Academia exists as a college organization, they often put on events open to the public. Check out Anime Academia on Facebook to see what other events they have planned that you can attend.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 6-17
Participating locations, Old Pasadena

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

The Menzingers: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 13, Glass House, Pomona
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 14, The Regent Theater, Downtown Los Angeles

Punk rock band The Menzingers currently tour across the country, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check on their website to see prices.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 15-16
East Village Arts District, Downtown Long Beach

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held in the East Village Arts District. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, March 15
Malarkey’s, Long Beach

Go running for a few miles on this weekly Wednesday night run, then join an after-party at Malarkey’s this Wednesday night. This costs nothing to attend – show up for the run, show up for the after-arty, or do both.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
March 16-19
The W, Hollywood

The latest in fashion goes public this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

52nd Annual Azalea Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 16-17
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18-19
South Gate Park, South Gate

A city fair returns to South Gate this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find rides, games, entertainment, demos, food, treats, vendors, classic cars, and more.

Corks & Canvas
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, March 16
Anaheim GardenWalk, Anaheim

Wine and painting pair up at this event this Thursday evening in Anaheim. Attendees will partake in a two-hour painting class along with two glasses of wine provided by the venue, as well as a souvenir wine glass to take home. Registration costs $40. Food comes at an additional cost. Arrive early to get your preferred seat. No one under 21 may attend.

Norma Jean: The Polar Similar Tour 2017
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16, Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 17, Chain Reaction, Anaheim

Post-hardcore band Norma Jean currently tours across the country, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check on the website to see individual show prices.

Los Angeles Punk Museum Film Festival
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16
Beyond Baroque, Venice

Check out punk art and films for free this Thursday night in Venice.

Bouncing Souls: Simplicity Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 17, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood

Famous punk band Bouncing Souls will embark on a west coast tour starting this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary, so check on the website to see prices.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17

Too many places to name will do something special on this day, so check with your favorite local establishment to see what they have going on. Have a good time, and stay safe!

34th Annual San Diego Cake Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 17
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 18-19
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar

An all-ages expo for all things cakes and baked goods returns to San Diego this weekend. Classes, seminars, and contests/competitions will take place from Friday through Sunday. The vendor expo itself only takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Admission starts at $10 and goes up depending on what day you want to attend, your age, and what additional programming you wish to partake in.

Arcade Expo 3.0
2:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 17
11:00 am – 2:00 am, March 18
11:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 19
Arcade Expo, Banning

Come see all things arcades at this weekend-long expo out in Banning. At this all-ages expo, see hundreds of different arcade machines, games, pinball machines, movies, seminars, vendors, food trucks, and much more. Admission varies depending on the date attending and age, ranging from $20 to $110, but all visitors get unlimited free play for all arcade games for the duration of the visit.

10th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 17
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 18
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 19
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, such as Rancid and Bad Religion. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off.

GamerCon BYOC: Voidstate
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 17-19
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, Downtown San Diego

A good ol’ LAN party will take place this weekend in Downtown San Diego. Bring out your gaming PC and play games against other gamers. This event can only take up to 40 people.

Flogging Molly’s St. Paddy’s Day 17
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, March 17
The Forum, Inglewood

Legendary Irish rock band Flogging Molly will headline their annual St. Patrick’s Day show in LA this year. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $30.

The Cheifs: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 17, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
7:00 am – 12:00 am, March 18, Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 19, Dipiazza’s, Long Beach

The Cheifs will headline a series of shows in Southern California this weekend. The cover charges and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Music Weekend @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 17-18
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

This little dive bar in Downtown Pomona will have two separate music shows this weekend. The cover for each show varies, so check the venue’s website for cover charges. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

Color In Motion 5k – San Diego
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 18
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

After many weekends of other off-center 5k races, we now return to the style that started it all – the color 5k. Start your weekend off with an all-ages 5k run while getting color dusted in your face. Registration costs $50 per person, or $45 if registering with a team. All participants should wear white during the run to absorb and show off the most color. Participants should bring extra towels and spare clothes for the ride home.

Veggiepalooza 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 18-19
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton

Free to attend for all ages, a massive plant and vegetable sale will take place in Fullerton this weekend.

L.A. Nature Fest
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, March 18-19
Natural History Museum, Exposition Park

Learn about animals, plants, and more this weekend in Los Angeles. Admission ranges from $5 to $12, and provides full access to all of the exhibits and demos.

Claremont Pie Festival
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, March 18
Claremont Village, Claremont

Free to attend for all ages, this street fair in Claremont this Saturday afternoon will have contests, demos, vendors, classic cars, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

Absolution Brewing Company’s 3rd Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, March 18
Absolution Brewing, Torrance

Absolution Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of beer on tap for you to drink this Saturday. From 11am to 1pm, the tasting room will operate like a beer festival. It costs $50 to attend this VIP session, and all attendees receive unlimited beer pours during these two hours. This session will also have exclusive beers not available after it ends. After 1pm, the tasting room opens to the general public, where anyone can simply pay for individual beers just like normal business hours. A $25 package exists that gives you three beer tickets, one meal ticket, and a souvenir glass – those who attend the VIP session will also receive this package.

8th Annual Native American Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 18
Shoreline Village, Long Beach

At this FREE and all-ages festival, visitors will find various forms of cultural entertainment, such as storytelling, dancing, singing, exhibits, and more.

2017 West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 18
Tokyo Central, West Covina

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will find live entertainment, food, music, arts & crafts, and more.

Coast Con 2017
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 18
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa

Free to attend for all ages, this event revolves around anime, video games, and cosplay. Visitors can expect to find artists, merchandise, live entertainment, cosplay contests, video game booths, a maid café, and more.

1st Annual PotterCon Los Angeles
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 18
The Echoplex, Echo Park

Basically, adult Harry Potter fans get together and do raunchy adult things while getting into character of the Harry Potter universe. Dress up as a character from the Harry Potter universe, and bring your strong alcohol tolerances to this event. Admission costs $13.50 for each single ticket, but each ticket allows two people in.

1st Annual Montrose Spring Wine Walk
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 18
Montrose Shopping Park, Glendale

Sample wines from over 20 stations hosted by the local merchants and businesses. Each location will serve red and/or white wines plus delicious appetizers for your enjoyment, along with complimentary bottled water. Guests will also enjoy live music and activities throughout the area. Tickets to participate cost $45 per person. No one under 21 may participate.

Electric Asian Night Market
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 18
All Souls Church, Alhambra

The night market craze comes to Alhambra this Saturday night, free for all ages. Visitors will find lots of cultural food and drinks, as well as live music and other entertainment.

OC Roller Derby – Shamrock Smackdown
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 18
The Rinks, Huntington Beach

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

5th Annual Rock Star Beer Festival San Diego
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego

A corporate beer festival comes to San Diego this Saturday night. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

A Wilhelm Scream @ Brick By Brick
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 18
Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego

A Wilhelm Scream has a short west coast tour this week, and that tour swings through Southern California. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

32nd Annual Los Angeles Marathon
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 19
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

The LA Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. If you intend to commute anywhere near this, plan your route accordingly.

7th Annual Adler Paddler
8:30 am – 1:00 pm, March 19
Naples Kayak Load & Launch, Long Beach

A free and all-ages stand-up paddle race will take place in Long Beach this Sunday morning. They will have races as well as leisure paddling available.

Glitterfest Spring 2017
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 19
Spring Field Banquet Center, Fullerton

For $7, gain access to this all-ages vendor fair with mixed media art, jewelry, papier-mâché, sculptures, vintage home decor, and more.

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 19
Central Park, Huntington Beach

This free and all-ages festival takes place this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find real cherry blossoms, live entertainment, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

The Aggrolites: Live in Riverside
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 19
Aurea Vista, Riverside

Reggae band The Aggrolites will headline a show in Riverside this Sunday evening. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Not one to shy away from anything food-related (and free), I decided to visit the 2nd Annual SoCal VegFest at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa this past weekend. This free and all-ages outdoor event brought the vegan community together for a weekend of vegan eats, vegan drinks, music, activities, and more. Visitors could snag samples of various things, especially drinks. For the most part, the majority of the booths consisted of vendors selling things, so the freebies remained at a minimum. Other than that, this fair mainly set out to spread the vegan propaganda, what with the signs attempting to dispel myths about veganism. Various stages around the campus hosted speakers and demos all preaching about the benefits of veganism, and why everyone must convert to veganism or else. Non-vegan visitors would likely not find much to do here, other than try all the samples around.

For more about the SoCal VegFest and information about other vegan events in the area, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

LA Beer Week
September 19-29
Greater Los Angeles Area

This 11-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 23
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $60 presale tickets now, or pay $70 at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

AleSmith Brewing Tap Takeover @ 38 Degrees
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 23
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra

Join AleSmith Brewing’s brewmaster Bill Batten as he stocks the taps at 38 Degrees Ale House with plenty of refreshing AleSmith brews, and share a drink or two with him. Guests can park for free in the restaurant’s small parking lot, or in the parking structure to the east.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – End of Summer Strip Down
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 25
One-Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles

Enjoy a fun FREE burlesque show courtesy of the Dirty Little Secrets this Wednesday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Guests may park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Title Fight @ The Glass House
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 26
The Glass House, Pomona

Punk rock band Title Fight headlines this show this Thursday night at The Glass House in Downtown Pomona. This all-ages show costs $15. Tickets have officially SOLD OUT, but you may still find after-market tickets available on sites like Craigslist or StubHub.

Middle Class Rejects CD Release Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 26
House of Blues, Downtown Disney, Anaheim

Old school punk band Middle Class Rejects will celebrate their latest album release with an all-ages show this Wednesday night at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. In addition to them playing, guests will also get to see Duane Peters Gun Fight, Slime Kings, Tyranis, and False Prophet. Tickets to this show cost $15. Guests can park in the Downtown Disney parking lot for free for up to five hours, so plan your trip accordingly.

Stair Climb for Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 27
YMCA, Downtown Los Angeles

On this day, the city will shut down Hope Street as thousands attempt to race up the stairs of the US Bank tower in Downtown Los Angeles. This all-day fest also includes food trucks, live music, a beer garden, rock-climbing walls, and more. Even if you cannot participate in the climb, the actual festival requires no fee to enter.

Feast of San Gennaro
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 27-29
Hollywood & Highland, West Hollywood

Hosted by Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel, the Feast of San Gennaro makes its annual return this weekend just south of Hollywood & Highland. This street festival celebrates Italian culture in America, and will feature Italian food, desserts, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $5, while parking will vary.

5th Annual Surf City Surf Dog Weekend
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 27
9:00 am – 12:30 pm, September 28
8:00 am – 2:30 pm, September 29
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach

Catch a weekend of surfing and dogs this weekend in Huntington Beach. On Friday, visit the Shorebreak Hotel for an opening reception and a dog fashion show. On Saturday, participate in a dog yoga class in the morning, spectate various dog contests, and visit the Canine Expo at The Strand on 5th. The expo lasts until Sunday, when the Surfing Dog contest also takes place. Events vary in price, so check the website for a price for each individual event.

The Vex Fine Arts Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 27-28
The Vex, East Los Angeles

Check out this art exhibit and local music showcase dedicated to Hispanic Heritage starting this Friday night at The Vex in East LA. On Friday, experience local musicians playing their smooth songs. On Saturday, exhibit local art and a fashion show. The site does not mention an age limit or entrance fee, so bring cash just in case. Guests should park in the alley behind the building, but avoid parking too deep into the alley, or risk getting blocked by cars arriving afterwards.

14th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 28
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa

This all-ages charity car show returns to the OC Fair this Saturday morning. Admission costs $15, and includes free prostate testing for men. Parking costs $7 for general and $10 for preferred parking.

12th Annual Irvine Global Village Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 28
Bill Barber Park, Irvine

This international cultural festival occurs this Saturday in Irvine at Bill Barber Park. Free to park and enter for all ages, this multicultural fest features international cuisine, live entertainment, a kids village with crafts & activities, cultural & religious exhibits, and an international marketplace.

32nd Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 28-29
Adams Avenue between 32nd & 35th Street, Normal Heights, San Diego

This FREE and all-ages music festival takes place over two days this weekend on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, between the 805 and 15 freeways. Ten blocks will close to traffic to make way for over 90 music acts on seven stages and over 350 vendor booths. Guests should take public transportation to Adams Avenue, as traffic will remain heavily congested all weekend, and parking will not exist in high numbers here.

3rd Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 28-29
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles

Sample teas from around the world, and sample Japanese cuisine at this tea festival. General admission to this all-ages festival costs $15. Guests can park for free on the street on Sunday. On Saturday, all lots and meters will operate normally.

Hangar 24 Oktoberfest & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 28
Sylvan Park, Redlands

Celebrate Oktoberfest like how a brewery should celebrate a beer festival! This seasonal beer fest brings out over 30 breweries, over 10 food vendors, and a handful of cultural music acts representative of the Oktoberfest background. General admission costs just $5 and simply provides entry to this all-ages fest. From there, attendees will have to pay for everything on their own. Admission with ten 4oz beer tasters cost $35 presale and $45 at the door, and includes a souvenir tasting cup. VIP admission costs $60, allows early entry, and comes with five additional beer tastes. Guests can park for free on the surrounding streets.

Bottle Share #8
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 28
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra

Brew your own beer? Got an interested craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 28
LA Center Studios, West LA

America’s answer to Oktoberfest, this American spin on Oktoberfest will feature over 150 craft beers, food trucks, live bands, and more. Where Oktoberfest celebrates German culture, Septemberfest celebrates America and everything great about it. Presale tickets cost $40, while tickets at the door cost $50, if any remain.

Glow Santa Monica
7:00 pm – 3:00 am, September 28
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

This free all-ages nighttime art gala brings artists from around the world to illuminate the sky with brilliant & bright works of art. This all-night outdoors art exhibit covers multiple blocks in Santa Monica, the pier, and the beaches. Similar to Autumn Lights, guests can walk around and interact with some of the exhibits. Guests should take public transportation to the beach, as traffic will remain heavy in this area all night.

Whitekaps, Sick Sense, The Penetrators @ Sports Zone
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 28
Sports Zone, Fontana

Catch old school punk band Whitekaps as they headline this show out in Fontana with Sick Sense and The Penetrators. Admission to this all-ages show costs just $8.

Orange County Children’s Book Festival
9:30 am – 4:00 pm, September 29
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa

This FREE all-ages fair caters to families as it presents thousands of children’s book available to read or buy. The fair will also host multiple stages complete with family-friendly entertainment.

29th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 29
Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice

This free all-ages street fair showcases the best of local businesses in food, drinks, merchandise, apparel, accessories, art, crafts, local music, and more. Abbot Kinney will close to traffic to allow the thousands of visitors to freely roam the streets and explore all the vendors.

Sederra, Assuming We Survive, Versus The World, Rick Thorne @ Loaded Hollywood
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 29
Loaded Hollywood, Los Angeles

Local rock bands play a matinee show this Sunday afternoon. The event page does not mention an age limit, entry fee, or parking information.

GFP @ Gaslamp Long Beach
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 29
Gaslamp, Long Beach

General Fucking Principles headlines a hardcore punk show this Sunday at Gaslamp in Long Beach with Luicidal, Hemlock, Long Beach All Day, and more local bands. This all-ages show costs $12 to enter.

2013 Thai Food Festival
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm, September 29
Paramount Pictures Studios, Los Angeles

Sample food from some of Los Angeles’ top Thai food chefs at the Thai Food Festival this Sunday. General admission to this all-ages tasting event costs $50.